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Designing Engaging Assignments

Edutopia – Beth Pandolpho

“As I contemplated the writing assignment for our required reading of The Odyssey, I was filled with dread at the thought of reading 120 uninspired essays in which my ninth graders would dutifully recount details from the epic. Essay grading is tedious work, and I’m convinced that the hours we spend grading papers are the least effective way to positively impact students.” (more)

Cisco partners with school districts, colleges to close technical skills gap

Education Dive – Autumn A. Arnett

“Cisco’s U.S. public sector senior vice president, Larry Payne, said in a recent conversation with Education Dive that the company saw opportunity was lacking “for students who couldn’t pursue that four-year engineering or computer science degree … to enter into the tech industry.” Payne said the company recognized it as a void it could fill to help train future workers. “If we’re going to introduce people to our industry, we can’t just expect everyone to come out of a four-year college with a computer science degree,” he said.” (more)

Teach kids financial literacy with childhood bank accounts

The Toronto Star – Craig Wong

“Parents hoping to teach their children the power of compound interest on their savings today will have a harder time than parents in the 1970s and 1980s, when interest paid on savings accounts soared above 10 per cent compared with rates today, when even the highest-paying savings accounts sit in the low single digits. But earning interest isn’t the only reason parents would want to help their children open a bank account of their own.” (more)

How Reading Novels in Math Class Can Strengthen Student Engagement

KQED News Mind/Shift – Kara Newhouse

“Every January, Nashville teacher Joel Bezaire reads The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time aloud to his students. Sounds pretty standard, right? It would be — for an English class. But Bezaire teaches math. The novel is part of a unit on number sense. While it’s easy to envision using math picture books in elementary school classrooms, literature for older grades poses a bigger challenge. Can reading fit into the curriculum as the books get longer and the math gets more complex? ” (more)

Poll: Social media makes it both easier and more challenging to parent tweens

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“As children hit the “tween” stage between early elementary grades and the teenage years, parents may struggle balancing the need for independence with appropriate supervision, a new national poll suggests. And modern technology has changed the ground rules. Nearly all parents of tweens ages 9-12 agree that social media makes it easier for kids to get in trouble. But 61 percent also felt that social media helps parents keep track of tweens, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health at the University of Michigan.” (more)

‘I forget my PE kit deliberately’ – the boys who hate sport

BBC – Judith Burns

“Boys like Dan and Olly are a significant and worrying minority, according to Youth Sport Trust chief executive Ali Oliver. “About 30% of boys don’t enjoy or look forward to physical activity,” she says, quoting a survey published by the charity last year. Among boys aged 14-16, fewer than half (47%) consider PE skills relevant to their daily lives, and overall, only 16% of boys do the 60 minutes of exercise a day recommended by the government’s chief medical officer.” (more)

Incremental Steps Toward Bold Student Loan Reforms

Education Next – Sandy Baum and Matthew M. Chingos

“The options available to former students repaying their federal student loans have improved over the past decade. Instead of making equal payments every month for 10 years, 31 percent of borrowers are now in plans that set payments at an affordable share of their incomes and forgive remaining balances after 20 or 25 years. But the system of multiple plans is too complicated and difficult to navigate, default rates remain stubbornly high, and the latest estimates project significant long-term costs to taxpayers.” (more)

The scientific, efficient way to learn languages: “spaced repetition”

Quartz – Nikhil Sonnad

“There is a moment in every modern language learner’s studies when they discover spaced repetition systems (SRS) and think, “I have been wasting a lot of time by not doing this.” SRS is learning system that makes the nitty-gritty of studying hundreds of new pieces of information—say vocabulary words—more efficient. If you’re learning a language, you should be using it.” (more)

The “Lever” to Differentiation and Adding Rigor

Education World – Steve Haberlin

“Let’s make no mistake: differentiation requires extra time and effort. Individualizing instruction and making it appropriate to diverse learners requires additional planning, additional resources, and more attention to detail. I see no way around that. However, planning for differentiation itself and adding layers of rigor to instruction should not be an intimidating task that requires huge amounts of time. What I’m going to share in this blog will allow teachers to differentiate instruction with a mere tweak in planning.” (more)